Southern Methodist 3, North Carolina 2
Southern Methodist 3, North Carolina 2 (2OT)Dec. 3, 2005
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No. 4 seed North Carolina rallied from a two-goal second half deficit to send Saturdays NCAA quarterfinal into overtime, but Southern Methodist midfielder Michael Uremovich nailed a 30-yard strike in the 104th minute to give the Mustangs (14-5-3) a 3-2 win over the Tar Heels (17-4-3) at Fetzer Field. SMU moves on to face top-seeded Maryland in College Cup semifinal action Dec. 9 at SAS Carys SAS Soccer Park.
Trailing at the half for just the second time this season, the Tar Heels got second half goals from juniors Blake Beach and Ted Odgers to send the match into overtime, where the Tar Heels lost for the first time this season. The defeat also snapped a 10-match unbeaten streak for Carolina, which advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2001.
In the second half, I felt we made a tremendous effort to get the game back in control and we did for the most part, said UNC head coach Elmar Bolowich. They scored on a counter attack the second one. But our guys never gave up on it, and it speaks to their character and their attitudes, playing a game like that. I thought we played extremely well, especially in the second period and in overtime. I give (SMU) credit for pulling it out with shot like that that was just an outstanding hit that ended the game. At that point it was just a matter of who would make the play offensively to break the game.
After beating one defender, Uremovich found himself open on the left flank and sent the 30-yard shot into the upper right-hander corner of the net for the game-winner at 103:31. The shot was the only one taken by Uremovich in the match, and the goal was just his second of the season.
Down 2-0 with less than 30 minutes to play, the Tar Heels trimmed the lead in half at 61:37 thanks to Beachs first career goal. The Glen Allen, Va., native connected on a header off a Dax McCarty corner kick to get Carolina back in the match. McCarty, who tallied his team-best eighth assist on the play, sent the corner across to Beach at the far post where he headed it home.
Eigthteen minutes later, Odgers found the equalizer for the Tar Heels, as he scored off a Brian Shriver cross. Shriver, who took a feed from UNC forward Ben Hunter, dribbled down the right flank and crossed the ball to Odgers, who one-timed a five-yard shot into the net to the tie the match at two and eventually send it to overtime where Uremovich would win it for SMU. Odgers goal was his second of the season and just the third of his career.
The Tar Heels outshot the Mustangs in what was an evenly played match, 15-12, and held a 7-3 edge in corners. Carolina keeper Justin Hughes made two saves, while SMUs Matt Wideman stopped five UNC shots.
SMU got on the board in the 40th minute on Bruno Guardas second goal of the season. He scored from five yards out on an assist from Duke Hashimoto, who chipped the ball over the Carolina backline to an open Guarda, who sent the ball inside the near post for the games first goal.
After intermission, the Mustangs took a 2-0 lead in the 52nd minute, as Hashimoto and Guarda hooked up for a second time. Hashimoto found the back of the net from about eight yards out on a through ball from Guarda. Hughes came out to challenge on the play, and Hashimoto sent the ball over his shoulder and into the net for the two-goal lead.
Carolina allowed three goals for the first time since surrendering four to Maryland Oct. 14. The Terps were also the last team to defeat the Tar Heels. Carolina faced three of the four teams to advance to next weekends College Cup Clemson, Maryland and SMU and posted a 2-2 overall record.
The Tar Heels, who have just two seniors on their roster, return all 13 players that appeared in Saturdays semifinal. Carolinas 17son tied for the fourth-most in program history.
-- Courtesy North Carolina